Rule number 1: don’t wear your union jack t-shirt to Belfast. After that you’ll be fine, (although maybe give the Sinn Féin offices a miss too.) But do check into Arnie’s Backpacker’s for free tea, chill out space and real coal fires. arniesbackpackers.co.uk.
The George IV Guesthouse in Brighton is a period townhouse owned by Sue and Steve with sea views overlooking one of Brighton's finest squares. Cheap but with credentials, a bed for the night will set you back from as low as a tenner for each of its four AA stars - that's £40 for the mathematically challenged. georgeivhotel.co.uk
Last of all comes East London’s geezer paradise at the Hoxton Hotel, a a self-proclaimed 'no bullsh*t' (read: limited frills) hotel in the heart of London's trendy-wendy central. Rooms start from £59pn based on two people sharing. Join the mailing list on their website to be eligible for frequent £1/night offers. hoxtonhotels.com